Amid the Prince of Persia promotional frenzy last month, Jake Gyllenhaal paid a visit to the Short Hills, New Jersey, headquarters of New Eyes for the Needy, a cause Jake has supported.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal took time away from his schedule to visit New Eyes for the Needy on May 24 to meet with volunteers and staff, but it wasn't an unusual visit for him.
Gyllenhaal's connection to the Short Hills nonprofit goes back many years. "I've had really poor vision ever since I was a little kid—my mom first took me to the doctor because I was smacking into walls—and every time my prescription changed, we gave my old glasses to New Eyes" Gyllenhaal said to InStyle magazine last year, according to a New Eyes for the Needy press release. "So when I started looking for a cause that I had a strong visceral connection to, I thought of it and wanted to help bring awareness to its work."
"Jake has been a great advocate for New Eyes for several years now," said
Susan Dyckman, executive director of New Eyes for the Needy, in the press release. "He has been instrumental to New Eyes' fundraising through his help in gaining foundation grants—and with his celebrity, he has raised national awareness of New Eyes by promoting our cause in magazine profiles."
Gyllenhaal, who most recently starred in "The Prince of Persia," mingled with volunteer and staff members, speaking to all and thanking them for the important work they do. He pledged to further his commitment to help New Eyes.
"Jake has agreed to chair the newly formed Advisory Committee for New Eyes," said Clelia Biamonti, board president of New Eyes, in the release. "We are lucky and happy to have Jake on our side- encouraging us and believing in the work we do."
It was just about two years ago that we first learned of Jake's involvement, through this video appeal for New Eyes:
If you need assistance or would like to support New Eyes, visit their website.
Remember when Jake Gyllenhaal appeared on the Jonathan Ross show and was forced to eat pickled onions. One audience member got to challenge Jake in a contest, and the video is now up on Jonathan Ross's site. And here it is:
Jake and Adam Levine hit the town on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The paps were on their trail, but didn't shoot them until the last stop.
(Some photos courtesy of IHJ. For more photos of Jake at the New Eyes office, visit their Facebook page.)